"Genius is nothing but continued attention."

Claude-Adrien Helvetius
(01/26/1715 – 12/26/1771)
French philosopher ("de l'Esprit")
Thomas Gray "If the best man's faults were written on his forehead, he would draw his hat over his eyes."

Thomas Gray
(12/26/1716 – 07/30/1771)
English writer ("Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard")
Charles Babbage "Errors using inadequate data are much less than those using no data at all."

Charles Babbage
(12/26/1791 – 10/18/1871)
English mathematician ("Reflections on the Decline of Science and Some of Its Causes")
Voter: "I'd sooner vote for the devil."
John Wilkes: "And if your friend is not standing?"
(10/17/1725 – 12/26/1797)
English statesman ("The North Briton")
Edwin Hubbell Chapin "Neutral men are the devil's allies."

Edwin Hubbell Chapin
(12/29/1814 – 12/26/1880)
US clergyman
(died near his birthday)
Henry Miller "Chaos is the score upon which reality is written."

Henry Miller
(12/26/1891 – 06/07/1980)
US writer ("Tropic of Cancer")
(relationship with Anais Nin)
Mao Tse-Tung "In waking a tiger, use a long stick."

Mao Tse-Tung
(12/26/1893 – 09/09/1976)
Chinese political leader ("Changsha")
Steve Allen "The hair is real; it's the head that's fake."

Steve Allen
(12/26/1921 – 10/30/2000)
US comic, actor, composer, writer, Tonight Show host
"Men who wear turtlenecks look like turtles."

Doris Lilly
(12/26/1926 – 10/09/1991)
US writer ("How to Marry a Millionaire")
(dated Ronald Reagan)
Alan Kniberg "As life's pleasures go, food is second only to sex. Except for salami and eggs. Now that's better than sex, but only if the salami is thickly sliced."

Alan King
(12/26/1927 – 05/09/2004)
US comic ("Just Tell Me What You Want")
Frank McKinney Hubbard "It's going to be fun to watch and see how long the meek can keep the earth after they inherit it."

"Kin" Hubbard
(09/01/1868 – 12/26/1930)
US writer ("Abe Martin")
Harvey Phillip Spector "I'm dealing in rock'n'roll. I'm, like, I'm not a bona fide human being."

Phil Spector
(12/26/1939 – 01/16/2021)
US music producer, convicted murderer ("Be My Baby")
James Stephens "'Finality is death. Perfection is finality. Nothing is perfect. There are lumps in it,' said the Philosopher."

James Stephens
(02/09/1880 – 12/26/1950)
Irish writer ("The Crock of Gold")
Lars Ulrich "That's what we're all about; taking advantage of people."

Lars Ulrich
(12/26/1963 – )
Danish drummer (Metallica)
(partner and one child with Connie Nielsen)
Jared Leto "I used to like to break into other people's houses and sit in their rooms. I found it very comforting to be in someone's empty house."

Jared Leto
(12/26/1971 – )
US actor ("Dallas Buyers Club")
Harry S Truman "[Adlai] Stevenson was a man who could never make up his mind whether he had to go to the bathroom or not."

Harry S Truman
(05/08/1884 – 12/26/1972)
US President (33), VP (34)
(was married to Bess Truman)
Benjamin Kubelsky "Give me golf clubs, fresh air and a beautiful partner, and you can keep the clubs and the fresh air."

Jack Benny
(02/14/1894 – 12/26/1974)
US comic ("Jack Benny Tries to Tell a Joke")
Dian Fossey "The man who kills the animals today is the man who kills the people who get in his way tomorrow."

Dian Fossey
(01/16/1932 – c. 12/26/1985)
US zoologist ("Gorillas in the Mist")
Elsa Lanchester "I thought she was a Method Actress. Afterwards somebody informed me that she was merely a manic-depressive."

Elsa Lanchester
(10/28/1902 – 12/26/1986)
US actor ("Bride of Frankenstein") , on Patty Duke
(was married to Charles Laughton)
Curtis Mayfield "Painless preaching is as good a term as any for what we do."

Curtis Mayfield
(06/03/1942 – 12/26/1999)
US singer, songwriter ("People Get Ready")
Jason Robards, Jr. "All I know is, I don't do a lot of analysis. I know those words have to move me. I rely on the author. I don't want actors reasoning with me about 'motivation' and all that bull. All I want 'em to do is learn the goddamn lines and don't bump into each other."

Jason Robards
(07/26/1922 – 12/26/2000)
US actor ("Julia")
(was married to Lauren Bacall)
Leslie Lynch King, Jr. "Mick Jagger—isn't he that motorcycle rider?"

Gerald R. Ford
(07/14/1913 – 12/26/2006)
US President (38), VP (40)
(was married to Betty Ford)